Killer NYC Storm May Have Been Tornado
One killed as brief but violent storm rips through city
By Rob Quinn,  Newser Staff
Posted Sep 17, 2010 7:43 AM CDT

(Newser) – At least one person was killed when a fierce storm ripped through New York City last night, tearing off roofs and knocking down trees. The storm, which packed winds of up to 100 miles an hour, strongly resembled a tornado, and National Weather Service experts are analyzing data to see if it should be classified as one, AP reports. The lone casualty was a 30-year-old woman sitting in the driver's seat of her parked car, who was killed when a tree fell on top of it.

Numerous other injuries were reported, traffic came to a standstill in much of the city, and tens of thousands of people were left without power. “It almost brought me to tears,” the chief of a community group in Queens told the New York Times. “Every block, two, three trees are down into houses, smashed into cars. There’s gridlock. There’s debris everywhere.”